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Sahaj Marg (Hindi translation, the easy or natural path), a form of Raja Yoga, [1][2][3] is a heart-based meditation system.[4] According to practicants, the essential features of the system are the "cleaning" of impressions (called samskaras). Meditation is on the "mere supposition of divine light" in one's heart.[5]

Practice[edit | edit source]

The daily practice includes:

  • Morning meditation on supposition of divine light in the heart (30–60 minutes);
  • Cleaning of impressions of the day (i.e., imagining the day's events evaporating out one's back and being replaced with divine light; 30 minutes);[6]
  • A prayer-meditation at bedtime;[7]

Weekly practices include:

  • A weekly meditation group;[8]
  • Cleaning meditations with a preceptor.[9]

History[edit | edit source]

The organizational body, Shri Ram Chandra Mission (SRCM), was formally registered in 1945 by Shri Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, its founder, commonly known as "Babuji."[10] Babuji was born on April 30, 1899 in Shahjahanpur, a large town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India and died in April 1983 at the age of 83[11]. As part of the Sahaj Marg spiritual practice, Babuji adopted a technique called pranahuti[12] or yogic transmission, whereby the "divine essence" was said to be transmitted directly into the practicants' hearts in order to speed up their spiritual evolution. [13]

Controversies[edit | edit source]

There have been several disputes over the control, domain and trademark names of the group since the death of the founder (Shri Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur) in 1983.[14]

Activities[edit | edit source]

The SRCM is a non-governmental organization registered with the United Nations.[15].


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  5. "A Flexible Mind," Elizabeth Denley, Australian Yoga Life, Issue 7.
  6. "A Flexible Mind," Elizabeth Denley, Australian Yoga Life, Issue 7.
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  8. "A Flexible Mind," Elizabeth Denley, Australian Yoga Life, Issue 7.
  9. "Sahaj Marg System of Meditation," C. Suntharamoorthy, Daily News, Sri Lanka, August 4, 2003.
  10. "Sahaj Marg System of Meditation," C. Suntharamoorthy, Daily News, Sri Lanka, August 4, 2003.
  11. "Sahaj Marg System of Meditation" - The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka
  12. Pearmain, Rosalind. 2005. "Transformational Experiences in Young People: The Meaning of a Safe Haven." International Journal of Children's Spirituality. 10(3):277-290.
  13. "Sahaj Marg System of Meditation," C. Suntharamoorthy, Daily News, Sri Lanka, August 4, 2003.
  14. "Forestry Companies Take A Cut At Cybersquatters," Steven Bonisteel, Newsbytes, September 21, 2001, Alexandria, Virginia.
  15. UN Listing
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